OVER 2 YOU 230 (10/05/05)
I run a small club for owners of holiday
properties to swap holidays. We have had a website for several months but it is
"invisible" because it is so unusual and no one realises it is
there. Can anyone tell me, how do you
get noticed on the Internet?
C. C., via email
The best primer that I've ever come across for
getting noticed on the Internet is available for free and is at http://selfpromotion.com/. It's run by a chap called Robert
Woodhead, and even has a search engine submission form that actually works
(unlike some). I've used it myself and can affirm that it will get you onto all
the major search engines. Pay particular attention to the tutorials section. A
few hours spent reading here (and following the advice for tweaking your
website) will pay huge dividends. Mr Woodhead works for tips, so if you find it
useful (and it is), please send him a donation.
Kevin Inskip, via email
noticed on the Internet is a perennial problem for small businesses and
hobbyists. I suggest CC looks at software from SiteSell, which is excellent and
easy to use, and solves this problem without resource to tricking the Search
Engines. I use it for my site (www.west-country-living.com) and if CC
visits this and then goes to the page named ‘Traffic’, all will be
explained plus there is a link to the SiteSell website, which offers a Free
Jones, via email
first suggestion is to avoid anyone or any company that offers to raise your
profile on the Internet for a fee. Equally paid-for web ‘directories’ are worse
than useless and in my experience they are an absolute waste of time and money
and the one’s I have dealt with are charlatans. I would definitely have a look
a the information and advice published by the major search engines, which may
answer some of your questions as to why your site isn’t showing up. The address
for the Google advice page, for example is: www.google.co.uk/intl/en/webmasters/. Also
have a look at some articles on improving your rankings with search engines at:
My 16-year old grandson has some simple
animation software that was part of a package with a new family computer. He
has made some excellent simple cartoons based on his own drawings, which he
scanned in. He is interested in graphics and animation as a possible career so
I have promised to buy him some more sophisticated software. However I do not
know where to find any. I have tried the local computer stores without success.
Can anyone recommend suitable software or a helpful website or supplier?
Doris Morey, via email
I suggest Autodesk 3DS Max supplied by Discreet
price is about £1500 but it is the professional choice and the best alternative
custom software. Alternatively there is Cosmic Blobs (www.cosmicblobs.com/), which is a much simpler
programme to run but not so sophisticated.
Thomas Mindenhall, via email
Have a look at Anim8or from: www.anim8or.com/main/index.html. It is
freeware and whilst it lacks the bells and whistles of many commercial programs
it is very easy to use and idea for a budding animator to learn the basics and
hone their animation skills.
Les Chaplin, via email
Your grandson will find the following fairly
simple to use: Macromedia Director (which makes very good movies), Flash (good
for putting things onto the Web) and Photoshop, (for editing images to
animate). Good luck, I am 80 now and
just finished my MA in Digital media.
Sylvie Whitaker, via email
Most serious animation software is
frighteningly expensive but there are plenty of freeware and shareware programs
available and I suggest that your Grandson tries a few of them before you or he
makes any serious investment. There’s a good selection of free or try before
you buy animation software at: www.freewarefiles.com/
Kevin Mortimer, via email
I am researching British Railways diesel and
electric locomotives, particularly named locomotives. I wonder if anyone knows
of a website listing the original numbers, with their "TOPS" (Total
Operations Processing System) equivalent and, of course the names?
Andrew J. Southwell, Towngate, Ossett
Most of the sites that I know only give
currently existing locomotives, including those in preservation, with their
current TOPS numbers and names. An excellent one is End of the Line at: www.wnxx.com. For the full information that he is seeking, I
would suggest looking for books written by Colin J. Marsden, one of the top
railway journalists (most are available through Amazon). Colin also has a
website at: http://cjm.fotopic.net/
Andrew Lait, via email
CAN YOU HELP?
My local history group has an archive of
digital images but our finances do not run to purchasing a digital system for
projecting images on to a screen for presentations to large groups. We do have
a 35mm projector however, so does anybody know of a way to convert digital
images into colour transparencies or can recommend a company that can do this?
Geoff Sadler, via email
I have recently joined the management committee
of our local bowling club (lawn and short mat) and I am looking to acquire a
collection of Clip Art to use for notices, newsletters etc.
I have spent considerable time
"Googling" but always seem to find mentions of 10-pin bowling. Can
anybody suggest a source of suitable (preferably free) Clip Art that pertains
to the English game?
Ian Perry, via email